Yes, when I was 21, in the middle of the movement, I realized 'we are making history.'

June 4 is the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre, when tanks rolled through Beijing and the Chinese army slaughtered its own citizens.

Wu’er Kaixi was one of the main student figures during the Tiananmen Square protests, leading hundreds of thousands calling for democratic reforms. After the brutal crackdown, Wu’er Kaixi was No. 2 on China’s most wanted list. He fled China and has lived in exile since 1989.

Twenty-eight years after the massacre, he is still fighting his old foe, the Chinese Communist Party. Today, he looks back on the events leading up to government’s brutal crackdown and reflects on the continued struggle for democracy and human rights in China.

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Editor: Olivia Yang